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Tottenham keeping tabs on Benfica’s Jota

Tottenham keeping tabs on Benfica’s Jota

Tottenham Hotspur learnt that they will have to overcome Manchester City for a place in the Champions League semi-finals in a draw that will have fans feeling rather anxious about their hopes of winning the tournament.

However, it appears Mauricio Pochettino’s side had their eyes on a player performing in the Europa League on Thursday night and it would seem an exciting talent was on their radar.

What’s the News?

According to a report by A Bola (via Sport Witness), Spurs are understood to have been keeping tabs on Joao Pedro Neves Filipe, who is also simply known as Jota.

The 19-year-old, who is also thought to be tracked by Bayer Leverkusen, currently has a release clause of €30million (£25.5m) and the Premier League outfit are considering whether to make a move for him now, as Benfica want to increase it to €100m (£85.2m).

The Verdict:

Although Jota has not played a prominent role for Benfica this season, he has been given a number of opportunities in the first-team, which gives you an idea of how highly regarded he is at the Portuguese outfit.

The teenager is an attacker that offers plenty of versatility, as he can play anywhere across the front three and could be someone that excels under the guidance of Pochettino, with the Argentine having a record of developing young talents into quality footballers.

The 19-year-old was excellent last summer in the Under-19 European Championships for Portugal as he helped his country overcome Italy in the final in Finland. He was a standout at the tournament as he was named joint top-scorer with five goals, whilst also providing two assists.

He is very direct with his running and already possesses bundles of attacking threat with his ability to find the back fo the net and the creativity he has with the ball, which makes him incredibly dangerous on a counter-attack.

With the way that some of Benfica’s previous graduates have turned out, with the likes of Felix Joao earning a number of plaudits recently, the €30m (£25.5m) is a price that Spurs should look to make the most out of.

Tottenham fans, do you think you should take a risk on him now rather than let Benfica increase his release clause to a huge fee? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.

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